NAME: Warren Beatty
BIRTH PLACE: Virginia, USA
The younger brother of actress Shirley MacLaine, Beatty was groomed for stardom early. After studying with acting coach Stella Adler, he was cast in prominent supporting roles in TV dramas, winning the part of Milton Armitage on the TV sitcom, ‘Dobie Gillis’.
His film debut came with ‘Splendour in the Grass’ in 1961, but for a number of years he was often written off as a would-be Brando.
In 1965 Beatty put much of his own money into a quirky crime drama, ‘Mickey One’. The film was a critical success but failed to secure top bookings.
Beatty took on his first film as producer and star, ‘Bonnie and Clyde’. Critics were hostile at first, but soon it became the most significant film of 1967.
In 1975, Beatty wrote his first screenplay, and the result was ‘Shampoo’, a hilarious satire on the late 1960s.
Beatty debuted as director for 1978’s ‘Heaven Can Wait’, which was successful enough to encourage future Hollywood bankrolling of Beatty’s directorial efforts. In 1981, Beatty produced, directed, co-scripted and acted in ‘Reds’, a spectacular recounting of the Russian Revolution. It was a pet project of Beatty’s that he’d been trying to finance since the 1970s. Beatty won an Oscar as Best Director.
In 1998 he again expressed his left-wing politics through highly successful and much acclaimed political satire ‘Bulworth’.
Beatty’s long and well-documented history of high-profile romances with such actresses as Leslie Caron, Julie Christie, Diane Keaton, and Madonna came to an end with his 1992 marriage to ‘Bugsy’ co-star Annette Bening, with whom he later starred in 1994’s ‘Love Affair’.